Five Senses Travel Journal

Book Cover: Five Senses Travel Journal
ISBN: 9781944370077

A travel writing notebook for Bloggers and Writers

Jay Artale

Using your five senses travel journal

Each blank journal page has one Scene Box, and five sections to capture notes related to each one of your senses.

  • Use the Scene box to capture the when and where of your experience, and capture the date in the date box provided. 
  • Then use the sense boxes to paint a word picture to describe your sensory experience.

This Five Senses Travel Journal is intended to be a memory prompt to the locations, people, and experiences you encounter during your day. It's intentionally compact, so you only capture the primary impressions to act as a reminder and don't fall into the trap of trying to write down every detail of the scene.

You may want to use a double-page spread to capture a little bit more details about your encounter. In that case, I'd recommend using one side of the facing page to capture your primary sensory impressions, and the other side to capture your secondary impressions. 

Using your Five Senses

Our five senses are the sense of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. Each one plays a unique role by receiving information from the environment and relaying it to our brain for interpretation.

Sensory words are powerful tools for recreating an image in another person's mind. That's a big responsibility, but also a lot of fun. Your readers will visualize their specific scene based on their past observations and personal experiences.

As travel writers, we need to create content that is descriptive enough to transport our readers to a location or helping them imagine encountering the people you've met, to experience the scene you're sharing with them. Make them feel like they're a fly on the wall, and they're part of the experience.

The more senses you rely on, and the more specific your word choice, the better you can convey your experience.

By using your five senses travel journey to capture your impressions, you'll dramatically improve your travel writing and help your readers connect with the scenes you're painting in your blog posts, articles, and books.

Publisher: Birds of a Feather Press

Author: Jay Artale

Originally from the flatlands and big skies of rural Norfolk in eastern England, Jay Artale now lives in Bodrum Turkey. In between, she spent two decades in Los Angeles where she juggled her day job as a project manager with her passions for writing, photography and international travel. In 2008, Jay bought a holiday home on the trendy Bodrum Peninsula along Turkey's beautiful Aegean coast. Despite its popularity with Turkish and international visitors, and a destination of choice for thousands of expatriates looking for their place in the sun, well-researched and comprehensive guides to the Peninsula were thin on the ground. Jay decided to plug this gap and enthusiastically set about capturing the local area in words and pictures. In 2010, Jay launched the her website to share her knowledge and experiences with a wider audience. What began life as random facts and observations, hand-written in little note books, has grown into a well-respected and popular travel site. In 2012, Jay began publishing free location-specific Quick Reference Travel Guides for the area. A full-blown guide seemed to be the next logical step. 'The Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide: Turkey's Aegean Gem' Guide was published on Kindle in May 31st 2013, shortly followed by 'The Gumusluk Travel Guide: Bodrum's Silver Lining', which in an in-depth look at the popular fishing village on the Bodrum Peninsula that attracts visitors from Turkey's major cities, and further afield. Not content to limit herself to writing Travel Guides, Jay has started to write How To guides for other travel writers to elevate their writing from one-dimensional to engaging. These writing guides will help travel bloggers and travel writers reach more readers and grow their social following. As well as stand-alone writing guides, Jay is writing a series about How To Write a Travel Guide. Jay has also started to publish poetry collections. Her first "Turkey Tales" is a Memoir in Verse, recounting her experiences about moving to Turkey. This is just the first in her poetry collections, and there are many more in the works.